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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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3,540 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,540
Hads: 11,417
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 18.5%
Wants: 513
Gots: 2,441 | FT: 55
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001

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Photo of cracgor
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Almost stark black with a fine sticky tan head. Looks very impressive...just like I expect beer to. Smells a little too sweet and hoppy for what an imperial stout should be. I like them meatier and full of roasted flavors. This is an interesting taste. As far as matching what I expect it is not. It is sweeter...almost milky. Very tasty, but lacks a lot of the rich roasted complexities I enjoy. It tastes like hops might overshadow the malts too much. It is a very full bodied beer. Almost a cake like texture to it. Alcohol just lightly warms the stomach and mouth. Excellent mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable beer. I would feel good sharing it with just about anyone.

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Photo of sstackho
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Four 12oz bottles for $9 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours black, with a good head. Very good lacing. Rich nose of malts and hops. First taste is strong and warm, but the main taste is hurt by what feels like too much alcohol, so it goes down hot - and I typically have no problem with big beers. Tangy flavour. Nice lingering hop and malt aftertaste. Overall, I'm not actually enjoying this one too much. I will let its brothers age.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown/black color, almost like motor oil. Thick chocolate color head with great lacing and retention on the glass.

The smell is of rich chocolates, cocoa and coffee. Some alcohol is also present in the smell.

The taste is just like the smell very rich chocolate, like a liquid chocolate cream pie. Some toffee and caramel are also present with a warming smooth alcohol. Maybe a little light on the boldness of the flavors though.

Great mouthfeel, a thick and viscous full bodied beer. Creamy heavy texture on the tongue.

Quite a drinkable RIS, however I would prefer a little more boldness in the flavor.

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Photo of Marc280
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a rich full flavour but in my opinion is overly bitter without being balanced...Did get slightly better as it warmed but i think there are better beers out there in this style.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is one of the oddest reviews i'm probably ever gonna have to make, with my ratings all over the map, pretty much. this brew is made exceptionally well. it looks damn near perfect, with a dark as night pour and an awesome tan head that provides an equally awesome cascading effect. so far, a damn near perfect beer. smells of coffee, chocolate, roatsed malt with hints of fruitiness (raisins, perhaps?). nothing that blew me out of the water, but a good, solid smell nonetheless. the taste, while obviously appealing to most drinkers, just wasn't for me. i don't like coffee to begin withm and the coffee taste here simply overpowered all other tastes too much. the other dominant flavour here was the alcohol, which was surprising since the smell gave hardly any indication of, and at 8.9%, i figured it'd be all over the place with this one. it's a generally smooth brew overall, but i can't say that i'd be able to have any more than one at a time, and would probably only try this again on a rare occasion. i was surprisingly disappointed here...like i said, a well made brew, just not my cup of tea (or coffee, in this case).

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Photo of Spidey13
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Very black beer with a nice, dark brown head that left nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Smelled mostly of coffee and dark malts. Taste started with strong coffee with a bit of alcohol, followed by lots of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. This is a very good, strong, sipping beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What would you expect from nitro and old rasputin....well the appearance is lovely, dark , rich, frothy, excellent retention...etc.

I found that the nitro detracted from what is truly good about this brew. Normally this brew has a nice hop presence, almost over the top. Roasty, charred and good. On the nitro, while all these characterstics are there, just expect them to be dumbed down.

Notes: excellent beer. Why is it on nitro? No reason, in my opinion this is just a way to market it as a guinness...I heard this many times throughout the night...bartender " its similair to a guiness but slightly stronger" ...ok.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured in a pint glass, a completely black brew with a mocha-colored thick foamy head that looks sticky.
smells of dark chocolate along with strong hints of coffee and some caramel.
half chocolate/coffee, and citrusy hops as well in the taste.
the carbonation is a little more than i prefer.
unique RIS in the sense its more hoppy than others, but its very good.

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Photo of Joey7F
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

My first Russian Imperial Stout

A - Black with streeks of reddish brown where the light hits, almost brown head
S - Alcohol, coffee, alcohol and more alcohol
T - Coffee, alcohol, alcohol and more alcohol. If the alcohol was better concealed I would have rated it a 5. Very tasty stout, but the alcohol was a bit distracting
M - Very thick, almost like a doppelbock
D - After one, I was done for the night.


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Photo of shivtim
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good stout that is none-the-less overly popular.
Poured into a pint. Thick black/brown, with a good cafe au lait head.
Nose is overly sweet, but with some nice strong malts and even a bit of hop character that shines through.
Taste is syrupy, oily dark malts, well roasted, with some sugary sweetness. Slight ethanol on the end.
Good foamy mouthfeel, and decent drinkability except for the ABV. Like I said, decent stout.

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Photo of trbergman
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Deep coffee brown body with a one-finger tan head.

S - Milk chocolate, figs, hints of coffee with cream.

T - Roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, moderate bitterness. Some unfortunate metallic taste that lessens as it warms.

M - Round and full-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - It's not a bad beer, but there are better Imperial stouts out there.

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Photo of Ninjaworm
3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Blood black with a large creamy head that finally subsided leaving a 1/16” head with amazing lacing.

Smell: Faintly sweet vanilla blends into a linear alcohol nose.

Taste: Silky vanilla alcohol flavor with hints of oak.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Smooth alcohol flavor that melds into a vanilla profile making one dream for another.

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Photo of Auracom
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into my trusty C&B tulip on April 3rd, 2011.

Pours a very dark brown coloring, nearly black but not quite, with a finger-and-a-half light brown head. Decent retention for the ABV, slowly breaks down to a thin white coating with concentrated alcohol feet on the sides. Great lacing on this badboy. Doesn't look oily or quite as thick as many other imperial stouts I've tasted.

The aroma is predominantly coffee, roasted almonds, milk chocolate (moreso than dark chocolate), slight lactose, *minimal* citrus, and a little bit of alcohol. Not getting a whole lot of complexity with additional nuances such as spices.

The drink has more roasted notes than the aroma and more emphasis on the dark chocolate character with a lot of bitter bite at the backend. The dk. chocolate carries through to the aftertaste and is really nice. Less coffee notes. Some hops but I'm attributing more of the bitterness to the chocolate. ABV is slightly present but rather-well hidden. I can tell it's under 10%.

Mouthfeel is pretty textbook - medium/med. heavy body, smooth, appropriate carbonation. Neither truly thick nor chewy.

For an RIS, it drinks relatively easiy. The slightly lower ABV hides well and it's not really overbearing on the palate. Is it enjoyable? Yes. Is it safe? Yes. Is it too safe? Perhaps. Next to Founder's IS, this is the most standard-smelling and tasting imperial stout that I've tried, but it doesn't really shine in any particular category. FIS offers considerably more in complexity and flavor. The best quality for Raspy is in the smell; I'm really enjoying that milk chocolate aroma. It's a very nice entry into the style and I ought to have tried it earlier. Bonus points for absolute ease in finding this all over the place.

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Photo of nectarkeeper
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Old Rasputin on tap at the Brickstore on a lazy tuesday afternoon.
this beast of a beer poured out velvety, greasy, dark and mysterious, with a tannish head that held up all the way down to the last sip.

i found marshmallows and smoke in the front, with burnt dark chocolate and dried dark fruits going down. halfway in, the dark-fruit character really took over, still laced with that nice bitter-burnt tingle. overall, really nicely balanced and totally enjoyable, but slow drinking with that thick-as-night mouthfeel...and one was plenty!

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Photo of northaustin
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a schnifter. slight head with a thick lacing. pours an almost black with dark brown head.

smell is pretty standard. to be honest im struggling to think of a way to describe it. its as grainy as i expected from an imperial stout but nothing too strong or noticeable.

the alchohol is masked very well and isnt so sweet that it gives you that heartburny feeling.

mouthfeel and drinkability are superb. much smoother and thin than other russian imperial stouts. incomparable to other commercially availabe beers of the style.

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Photo of aleigator
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color, with a decent beige head, which collapses to a thick coating, especially at the edges of the glass.

Smells of toffee coated, coca-cola infused malts, accompanied by honey and skunky milk. Reveals a toasted malts counterpart, giving the sticky sweetness a certain balance.

Has a low carbonation with a soft mouthfeel and bubbly finish, offering a medium bodied beer, while ending with a warming honey peak.

Tastes of toffee, balanced by bread, whichs sweet character gets accentuated by caramel dipped grain toast. Reveals phenolic, biting coffee, while the beers sweetness gets expanded by more caramel, somewhat balanced by the coffee's bitterness. Finishes with earthy, crushed coffee, followed by a rock sugar ending, which still allowes the coffee to come through.

Drinks smooth, while its taste varies between being sticky sweet and a bitter blend, commuting from coffee to grassy hops.

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Photo of Jwburns75
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I much prefer a sweeter imperial stout (say, Founders Imperial) to a more coffee forward one (like, say, FBS). Old Rasputin falls toward the FBS side. Strong coffee/roast notes, much lacing, became more enjoyable as it warmed. A bit of a hop presence if I'm not mistaken. A solid beer, but there are more enjoyable options out there IMHO.

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Photo of sandsonik
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Look - about what you'd expect from an imperial stout - Dark, opaque, small tan head that quickly dissipates to about an eighth inch. Pretty typical for the style.

Smell - roasted coffee, hint of Bakers chocolate or cocoa. Not really getting anything else. (Chocolate reveals itself more on warming)

Taste - way more coffee than chocolate. No alcohol readily evident, so the 9% abv is well hidden. Disappointing, not a lot going on here but on the positive side, nothing really wrong either. Quite drinkable, but don't think I'd seek it out. By the way. Im getting none of the sweetness some reviewers mention. Maybe it's just my batch?

Feel - shockingly thin, didn't expect that

Overall disappointed, and I had high expectations - maybe too high? I'll try it again though, I'm a sucker for Russian Imperial Stouts...and it is pretty smooth, I must say. I just feel like the flavor is lacking. It's not bad .

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Photo of callmescraps
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not always my favorite style, but I see this guy around all the time and finally decided to give it a bid.

Appearance - Black. Ok, maybe just very, very, very dark brown. Pretty much black. An inch of mocha head hangs around and laces nicely. Looks like a winner.

Smell - Lots of dark fruits. Cherries and chocolate come first. There is almost a prune thing going on. Lots of chocolate and roast malt. A hint of smoke.

Taste - Follows the smell. Lots of chocolate and cherry up front. There is a lot of roast on the finish. Honestly, it seems a little thin. Just sort of sits there in the middle. Almost some tart fruit randomly in there, which is unsettling.

Mouthfeel - Decidedly thin. Just not luxurious enough. Almost watery. Eh.

Drinkability - Not bad, but that might be because it doesn't seem to have enough working. The roast follows unpleasantly.

This is a fine beer. Pretty good, but not doing anything special for me. Quite disappointed with the body. Otherwise, it's a very good bang for your buck, but it's not the worst idea to spend a few more bucks.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-beautiful black, nice light tan head

S-chocolate and cocoa beans

T-wow its like rich but creamy chocolate. there's not much of a big after-taste. abv is noticeably high

M-very very smooth, almost no carbonation. surprisingly a dry finish though.

D-abv hits quickly. taste stays pretty well but gets a little bitterness to it, i enjoyed this all the way through, but more than one would be difficult to drink at a time.

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Photo of Bajasith
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow... Poured very dark with a slight two finger head.

As I do with all my first taste beers, the light test... strong thin gold rim obove dark reddish tint body.

Strong fruity smell, almost like a red wine with slight sulfuric lingering aroma... which made this beer very appealing.

Very strong earthy flavor that goes down very smooth. Very little lingering burnt aftertaste which makes this beer very drinkable. I really enjoyed drinking this beer for the first time.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: solid black; decent head
S: hints of molasses and chocolate; the aroma, to my senses, was not prominent
T: not as complex and adventurous as I was expecting (given the ratings I was expecting to be blown away with abundant flavors); for a stout, it is somewhat hoppy, with traces of orange and grapefruit; smooth aftertaste; not very sweet
M: rich and smooth to the tongue--wonderful feel!

Overall, a good stout with a broad appeal, but perhaps not exactly what you're looking for if you're out for an epiphany.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours jet black with thin light brown head that fades quickly leaving some lacing around glass.

S: Lots of alcohol in the aroma with molasses and roasted barley. The dominant alcohol smell stings my nose and makes it harder to pick up other aromas.

T: Slightly hot but not nearly as strong as the nose. Molasses, roasted barley with some dark fruit and chocolate coat my tongue with each sip. Smooth up front and finishes with a bitter kick.

M: Full bodied with some carbonation, smooth and slightly chewy.

O: Above average imperial stout, but no real robust dominant flavors that jump out at you. Pretty good all around besides the strong alcohol in the nose.

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Photo of Squaretooth
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wonderful Fruity smell with a nice coffee and chocolate nose. Poured into a Westmalle goblet this average looking RIS is thin and dark leaving a dark tan and thin head. The head, however light it is, remains throughout the drink and leaves very nice even lacing all the way down the glass. Strong coffee flavor with the slightest hint of chocolate it has a mouthfeel with a slightly bitter carbonated sting that coats your gullet like castor oil. Alcohol is a bit noticeable but not overpowering and perfectly acceptable at 9% ABV. This is more of a stout than imperial stout in my opinion. I don’t see myself getting this one again, but I’ll finish out the 4 pack and drink it under varying conditions before my final decision.

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Photo of Damian
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured an amber brown/black with a small head that faded quickly. Virtually no lacing present.

Smell was very malty rich and hoppy with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and toffee.

Taste was espresso-like, hoppy and bitter, with the bitterness becoming more intense as the beer moved along the palate. Alcohol flavor was very strong.

Mouthfeeel was full bodied and heavy. Moderate carbonation.

Definitely a sipping beer.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 3,540 ratings.